Project Description

The Proposed Action analyzed in the Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is the issuance of a two-part determination under Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) for Class III gaming on 145 acres held in federal trust for the Tribe near the City of Airway Heights, Washington. The foreseeable consequence of this action would be the development of a casino-resort facility with associated support facilities on the property.

The Proposed Project consists of the phased construction of a casino-resort facility, parking structure, site retail, commercial building, tribal cultural center, and police/fire station within the project site. At full build-out, the proposed casino-resort facility would have approximately 98,442 square-feet of gaming floor and a 300-room hotel. The casino tower would not exceed 145 feet above ground level. A four-story concrete parking structure would be located on the west side of the casino-resort facility and would include 1,500 parking spaces. A total of 4,753 surface parking spaces would be provided for the Proposed Project. Access to the project site would be provided via three driveways along US-2 and three driveways along Craig Road.

The following alternatives to the Proposed Project were considered within the EIS:

  • Reduced Casino and Mixed-Use Development Alternative – The proposed casino-resort facility under this alternative would be smaller than the facility proposed under the Proposed Project. Under this alternative the retail space, cultural center, tribal police and fire station, and commercial building would be the same size as proposed under the Proposed Project. No hotel or parking structure is proposed under this alternative.
  • Non-Gaming Mixed-Use Development Alternative – This alternative includes a mixed use development complex and hotel instead of a casino-resort facility. Under this alternative the retail space, cultural center, tribal police and fire station, and commercial building would be the same size as proposed under the Proposed Project.
  • No Action/No Development Alternative - This alternative assumes that existing uses on the project site would not change in the near term and that the BIA would not take any actions to promote tribal self-determination and economic development.